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This just in: 1 in 4 bosses are psychos!

This was the shocking headline on Mediaite (a reputable news and media blog) yesterday: "Psychological Study Finds That One In Four Bosses Are Secretly Psychopaths."

But readers should be skeptical. These stats are highly suspect. Everyone tells me the ratio is more like one in two bosses. (And what's with the weasel word "secretly"?)

This is yet another aspect of business where rock & roll has much to teach us. In most bands—especially the best and the brightest—there are no bosses (at least in the traditional sense), psycho or otherwise.

Bands tend to be autonomous, self-managed business teams. Leadership is situational and distributed. Different members take the lead for different functions.


My interview with John Lennon biographer, Jude Southerland Kessler: part one.

How's this for dedication? You spend two decades doing research for an extended biography of John Lennon, then plan to spend two more decades writing it—in nine volumes!

That's been Jude Southerland Kessler's project. And if that's not audacious enough, you decide to make the books historical novels (sort of), full of anecdotes by Lennon and the Beatles—most of which are so well documented that it can't really be called fiction. In fact it defies categorization.

Well, two of the volumes are available, so you can decide for yourself what they are: Shoulda Been There (2008) and Shivering Inside (2010), covering Lennon's life up through April, 1963. (The latter is simply the most compelling Beatles book I've ever read.)

Here's the first half of my interview with Jude, edited for blog brevity.


Can’t we all just get along? Jim Morrison and The Doors showed us how.

Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors, passed away forty years ago this month.

By then, at the young age of twenty-seven, Morrison had already created a reputation as a rock anarchist, whose wild and unpredictable stage antics added to the Doors' mystique as a disruptive force to be reckoned with.

But here's something most people forget: they loved to conduct Irish singalongs!

In this photo, taken at a famous Doors' performance at the old New Haven Arena, Officer Patrick O'Toole joined in on the wholesome fun with a peppy version of "MacNamara's Band."


Declarations of independence: by the founding fathers of rock.

We freedom-loving Americans always like to return to the historical roots of our nation, rediscover its revolutionary fervor, and celebrate the glory of its early achievements—especially the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution (given their obviously divine origins).

Unfortunately, as often becomes evident during our political campaigns, few have actually read these documents. But as one who has studied them in their original Hebrew and Greek, I can assure you that much has been lost in translation. (And don't forget that Thomas Jefferson and James Madison usually conversed in Aramaic, which further obscures original intent.)

And what does this have to do with rock & roll?


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